Action Research

  • Action research in the EIP1 addressed how many people were using the tools of Signs of Safety.
  • This is where we are going with the dashboard, to know e.g. how many words and pictures or how many three houses are done, and to use that knowledge in relation to family and staff survey data, activity and outcome data, and the collaborative case audit, to learn and take action.
  • Signs of Safety is a continually evolving model with feedback from jurisdictions around the world, both from practitioners using the approach and from senior leaders following action research – particularly to develop clear workflows using the practice to deliver what they want to achieve for their organisations.
  • This process sees agencies reflecting on the Signs of Safety theory of change, as redeveloped following EIP1 and adapting to their own theory of change to meet their organisational conditions.

Signs of Safety Practice Theory of Change

  • The staff survey has been revised for EIP2 with
    • the dashboard coming in, it will focus on staff confidence in using the tools, and
    • it has adopted questions from a standardised questionnaire used in aviation reflecting how human performance can be safer and more accurate (covering teamwork climate, safety climate, perceptions of management, job satisfaction, stress recognition) and retained the original questions on work conditions, and
    • includes open questions based on the three columns.
  • Once the survey is completed, LA managers will receive an instant analysis, initial measures and comparisons across LAs (de-identified).